dramatic midcentury transformation in Bethesda

One would never know, looking at the finished project, that this stunning modern home in Bethesda started life in the 1950s as a standard split-foyer rambler. The owner, a native of California, came to Archaeon asking for a kitchen and master suite addition, as well as an entirely new visual identity with a west coast sensibility.

To achieve the Cali look, clean lines and modern details were specified throughout. In front, a large new cascading staircase meets a large expanse of glass, creating a dramatic entrance with both high function and hot curb appeal.

The designer brought entirely new life to the home's lower level by bringing the glass front corner window down to grade, which in this split-level is actually halfway down into the lower level, and opened the staircase risers to let much of the light from the front of the house into the lower level, rather than blocking it off. The kitchen/dining room addition brings light and openness to a once confined plan and provides comfortable entertaining space that is connected to the wooded yard by an expansive deck. The large master suite addition, at the opposite end of the home, is a retreat for the owners. Lofty ceilings and high windows allow for it to be both light-filled and private.

Design: Archaeon
Responsibilities: Lucia led the design on this renovation and double-addition while working under Bob Wilkoff at Archaeon Architects.

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